EQUITAS - A New Role
As someone who served our country for 15 years as an officer in the Canadian Army I am acutely aware of the inherent dangers of going into combat missions. What I didn't know was how callously our government deals with young men and women who return disabled - either physically or mentally.
A few weeks ago , before all this election stuff started up, I was asked to join the Board of EQUITAS.
EQUITAS is a Society formed to raise the money required for to cover the cost of disbursements associated with the legal costs of a class action suit against the Canadian Government on behalf of the disabled soldiers who have retuned from Afghanistan. The national law firm of Miller Thomson have generously offered to take on the suit, which will likely cost several million dollars as a pro bono case. The estimated cost of the disbursements is high - about $250,000. It will cover the court costs, witness expenses, etc.
The stories of these young soldiers is enough to make you cry.One young man I spoke to at length was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in 2008.He suffered a broken femur, broken back and a crushed ankle. He still has difficulty walking. He was offered a cash settlement of $13,600 by our government and was advised that he might want to obtain some advice from a financial institution on how best to handle his money. A recent slip and fall due to a crushed grape in a Safeway store resulted in a settlement through the courts in excess of $300,000. What is going on here?
EQUITAS recently held a fundraiser at Hazelmere on October 14. I must admit I cannot take credit for it, because all the work was done before I was elected to the Board. It was a wonderful event. Due to the incredible efforts of Board Member and former Mayor, Hardy Staub we had three young soldiers flown in from Calgary. Our MLA , Gordon Hogg was the event MC. Even Gordon got so choked at times he had difficulty getting the words out. The goal was to get 125 people out and raise $10,000. The event drew 225 people and raised nearly $20,000.
A truly incredible display of caring and generosity on the part of the people of White Rock and South Surrey. Because...
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